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by Tyler Gould

6 Oct 2009


Themselves
CrownsDown
(Anticon)
Releasing: 20 October

Themselves’ theFREEhoudini mixtape is many months behind us now, so I hope it is of minor comfort that their new album is only a couple weeks away. Themselves will be heading out on tour with Eyedea & Abilities in November and December.

SONG LIST
01 Back II Burn
02 Oversleeping
03 The Mark
04 Gangster Of Disbelief
05 Daxstrong
06 You Ain’t It
07 Roman Is As Roman Does
08 Skinning The Drum
09 Deadcatclear II
10 Gold Teeth Will Roll

Themselves
You Ain’t It [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

6 Oct 2009


An abridged version of Q-Tip’s ode to hip hop, from last year’s The Renaissance, now has a very cool video, in spite/because of some cartoonishly dorky, family reunion-caliber dance moves from Tip and Norah.

In other news, Kamaal the Abstract finally saw a proper release last month after eight years of wasting away in album purgatory, and you can stream it at Q-Tip’s MySpace and wonder why bad things happen to good albums.

by Tyler Gould

6 Oct 2009


Molina & Johnson
Molina & Johnson
(Secretly Canadian)
Releasing: 3 November

The first leaked track from Molina & Johnson, the new collaboration between the honchos behind Magnolia Electric Co. and Centro-matic, respectively, is called “Twenty Circles to the Ground”. It sounds a bit more Johnson than Molina, though it has the same soft, persistent toms that have been backing Molina since Songs: Ohia. If you live in the Netherlands, Belgium, England, or Spain, you’ll be able to see the pair perform live for the first time in November and December.

01 Twenty Circles to the Ground
02 All Falls Together
03 All Gone, All Gone
04 Almost Let You In
05 In the Avalon/Little Killer
06 Don’t Take My Night From Me
07 Each Star Marks a Day
08 Lenore’s Lullaby
09 The Lily and the Brakeman
10 Now, Divide
11 What You Reckon, What You Breathe
12 For as Long as It Will Matter
13 34 Blues
14 Wooden Heart

Molina & Johnson
Twenty Cycles to the Ground [MP3]
     

by Eleanore Catolico

6 Oct 2009


Julian Casablancas
Phrazes for the Young
(Cult)
Releasing: 19 October (UK) / 20 October (US, Europe)

The Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas is set to release his first solo album, Phrazes for the Young, off Cult Records. Recorded during sessions in New York, Los Angeles, and Nebraska, the intergalactic synth-rock of Phrazes for the Young combined with Casablancas’ telephone-like crooning thrives on the same vein as the Strokes’ gutter-glam antics, but is uniquely Casablancas in its sonic splattering, plus that “z” in the title just screams “way too hip”.

SONG LIST
01 Out of the Blue  
02 River of Brake Lights  
03 Chords of the Apocalypse  
04 11th Dimension
05 Ludlow St.   
06 Glass  
07 Left & Right in the Dark  
08 Tourist

 

by Tyler Gould

5 Oct 2009


Vampire Weekend is giving away the deliciously-named “Horchata” from their upcoming album, Contra (releasing January 10th). The guitar-free track is slightly new ground for the group, and between its title and mention of aranciata, if nothing else it will make people thirsty. The cynical among us may suspect a viral marketing ploy by San Pellegrino. It’s probably 50-50.

Vampire Weekend
Horchata [MP3]
     

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